Our Principals
 

BRAD JURKOVICH

Brad’s career clearly demonstrates his ability to move seamlessly among – and meet the needs of clients in – the corporate, non-profit and public sectors.   In his more than three decades as a public affairs professional, Brad has demonstrated a unique ability to help seemingly disparate interests find common ground and work together.

Prior to developing his own consulting practice, Brad was recruited as senior staff to the House Democratic Caucus leadership, where one of his major focus areas was building stronger relations with the state’s business community. He was a senior staff member involved in a broad range of business-related issues, including a comprehensive set of legislation that helped Washington win the Boeing 7E7 competition, a major transportation funding package, and adoption of the Governor’s Competitiveness Council’s recommendations.

In other assignments, he has served as a consultant or staff member for major corporations, foundations, trade associations, business organizations and local governments. He has extensive experience in managing public policy issue projects, including creating public education strategies and building effective, broad-based coalitions.

Brad holds an MBA from the Atkinson Graduate School at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

On the personal side, Brad and his wife, Krista, and their two children live in Olympia.   Brad has been active in leadership positions on several non-profit boards in Seattle and Olympia in teen support activities, early learning and homeless housing organizations.  Brad considers contributing his time and energy to the vision, development, and funding that led to the opening of the multi-award winning Hand’s On Children’s Museum in Olympia his favorite community development experience.

DAVE FISHER

David Fisher brings a unique blend of public affairs and operations management experience to his client work.

Prior to entering the consulting business, David was employed by Intel Corporation, serving as a key member of the start-up team for a $150+ million investment project. After several years as the company’s first Washington State public affairs manager, he was promoted to site manager and spent his final seven years with the company in operations. He eventually had executive management responsibility for Intel’s facilities in Washington and Utah, as well as the company’s corporate aviation program, serving 170,000 employee passengers annually.

One of David’s areas of focus is education policy. He has held a variety of leadership positions related to business involvement in education, including chairmanship of both the Washington Roundtable’s Education Committee and the Partnership for Learning. He was a Governor’s appointee to the nine-member Academic Achievement and Accountability Commission, serving a total of six years, the final two as its chair.

Beyond the field of education policy, David’s 30 years of experience includes managing issues, projects and people in the corporate, association, and consulting environments. From managing multi-million dollar campaigns to drafting informal talking points, he strives to bring focus, clarity and impact to the communications process.

David graduated summa cum laude with a BA degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

David and his wife Terri live in the Olympia area. Assuming he behaves himself, she is still willing to be seen on the golf course with him.

 

THE TEAM

When needed, we augment our personal work with specialized expertise from a network of professionals with whom we have worked together for years. Because of the strength of these relationships, our team seamlessly coordinates their efforts on your behalf.

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Katy Keesler
Graphic Designer

Katy Keeslar has more than 20 years of graphic design experience.  She founded Keeslar Creative in 2008, after serving as the art director of Paguirigan Branding & Design, and is one of Olympia’s most successful graphic artists, designing and producing high quality pieces for all types of public communication strategies.

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Ashely Mancheni

Ashley Mancheni is the founder of the Mancheni Agency. After spending nine years in Washington, D.C., Ashley has returned to her native roots in the Pacific Northwest. 

She launched the Mancheni Agency in June, 2016 to help organizations better communicate their public policy goals. At the state level, Ashley has directed communications for ballot initiatives, legislative battles and coalition outreach and development.
 
While in D.C., Ashley built the Public Affairs Council's social media area of expertise and advised corporate, association and non-profit members on the use of social media to meet public affairs objectives. She spoke frequently on the subject and organized seminars and conferences to feature the best in the field. While at the Council, Ashley also led the marketing efforts and all external social media. Her expertise includes grassroots, issues and reputation management, social media strategy development and execution and community engagement. 

Ashley is a graduate of the University of Portland, with a Bachelor's in Political Science and minor in German. She is particularly passionate about increasing women's opportunities within government and other senior leadership roles.